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Knitting 101: Slipper Mocs

For the first time, I attemped knitting in the round. I have always been very intimidated by the process and was determined to avoid it at all costs. However, I came across one of the most adorable knitting patterns for little baby moccasins. Much to my dismay, the pattern required double pointed needles. The baby mocs were so cute that I just couldn’t pass them by. So I pulled up my big-girl panties, drove to Michaels to buy my first set of double pointed needles, and sat down with enough determination to make a cute little pair of baby mocs.

Much to my surprise and delight they turned out absolutely darling! I was left on such a knitting high. My knitting hands felt unstoppable! I began to scan the interweb for a slipper pattern that I could adapt into a pair of knitted slipper mocs for myself. I came across a great slipper pattern that seemed do-able from the search for awesomeness but made a few adaptions to turn the slippers into Native-American inspired moccasins. I made note of all my adaptions and decided to share them with you!

Before I lay out the pattern I just want to make a couple of notes. First of all, this pattern will make a woman’s size seven slipper but it can be adjusted to make them larger or smaller. The pattern will note when these changes can be made. Secondly, this pattern requires using a double strand of wool. I have found it easiest to do this by using two separate balls of the same wool and joining the strands from each ball. However, if you only have one ball of each colour, you can still do a double strand by combining the two separate ends. This may just require a little bit of organizing and un-tangling beforehand. Finally, you may find it useful to have a scrap paper and pencil on hand to note how many rows you have done. Since this project entails making two separate slippers, you want to ensure that they match exactly. This requires that you follow the pattern precisely. Now let’s get ready…

  •  1 ball of wool in a main colour (MC) (I used Loops and Threads Impeccable brand wool in Topaz)
  • 1 ball of wool in a contrast colour (CC) (I used Loops and Threads Impeccable brand wool in Aran)
  • scraps of additional colours of wool for the sewn in design (I used Loops and Threads Impeccable brand wool in Chocolate and Vanna’s Choice brand wool in Brick and Silver Blue)
  • one set of US 8 (5mm) double pointed needles
  • large sewing needle
  • scissors
  • a stitch marker

Now let’s get to the knitting…

CUFF
Using two strands at a time, cast on 36 stitches in the CC. Place the stitches on three different double pointed needles, (12 stitches on each). Join the stitches to work in the round. Be sure that the stitches are not twisted.
Row 1: K1, P1, continue to repeat to the end of the first round. Place a stitch marker at the end of this round to mark the start of the round.
Row 2-12: Repeat Row 1 for the next 11 rows, for a total of 12 rows.
Change to your wool to the MC.
Row 13: knit.
Row 14: purl.
Repeat rows 13 and 14 an additional two times each, making a total of 6 rows.
HEEL
You will now prepare the needles to work on the heel component. Re-arrange the stitches so that the needle you will be working with next has 18 stitches on it. This can be any stitches, just be sure that the working strand is at the end of this needle. The other two needles should each have 9 stitches on them. These 9 stitch needles can be ignored for the next little while. The needle with the 18 stitches on it will form the heel. On this needle, you will be working the following back and forth:

Row 1: *(s1 knitwise, k) and repeat from the * until the end of the row. It will end on a knit.

Row 2: s1 purlwise, purl until the end of the row.

Row 3-15: continue alternating between these two rows for the remaining 13 rows. You will end on a Row 1 pattern.

Now you will do some decrease rows so the three-dimensionality of the heel will begin to develop. Follow these rows exactly.

Row 16: s1 purlwise, p9, p2tog, p1, turn

Row 17: s1 knitwise, k3, k2tog, k1, turn

Row 18: s1 purlwise, p4, p2tog, p1, turn

Row 19: s1 knitwise, k5, k2tog, k1, turn

Row 20: s1 purlwise, p6, p2tog, p1, turn

Row 21: sl knitwise, k7, k2tog, k1, turn

Row 22: s1 purlwise, p8, p2tog, turn

Row 23: s1 knitwise, k8, k2tog.

This will leave you with 10 stitches on your needle and the three-dimensionality of the heel beginning to show.

PREPARING FOR THE SOLE

Next you will have to pick up some of the stitches along the side of the heel that you just knit. To do this, hold your slipper so that the cuff is on the left, the back panel you just knit is down, and the heel shape is on the right. On a separate needle, pick up 9 stitches along the side of the heel panel. This new needle will be NEEDLE A.

Transfer all of the stitches that are on the two needles that have been ignored while creating the heel onto one needle. Do this by slipping 9 of the stitches knitwise onto the other needle. This needle will be NEEDLE B.

On the opposite side of the heel panel, pick up 9 stitches with another needle. This will be NEEDLE C.

Knit 5 of the stitches from the heel needle onto NEEDLE C. Please note that this will require you to break the working yarn and re-position it. Slip the remaining 5 stitches onto NEEDLE A. This will leave you with three needles (A, B, and C). NEEDLE A and C will each have 14 stitches and NEEDLE B will have 18 stitches.

  BODY OF SLIPPER

The total number of stitches will be 46. What you need to do is get back to the initial number of stitches (36). This will require you to decrease the number of stitches on NEEDLE A and NEEDLE C so that each needle contains 9 stitches. To do this, follow this pattern:

 Row 24: NEEDLE A: knit to last three stitches, k2tog, k1; NEEDLE B: knit across; NEEDLE C: k1, ssk, knit to the end.

Row 25: Knit entire round.

Row 26-39: Repeat these two rows an additional 4 times each. When this is finished, NEEDLE A and NEEDLE C will have 9 stitches each and NEEDLE B will have 18 stitches.

 Now you will begin just knitting in the round to build the body of the slipper. This section will affect your sizing. The following will create a Woman’s Size 7 slipper, but for larger or smaller slippers, adjust the number of rows. Note that the toe aspect of this pattern will be approximately 2.5 inches, so take that into account when adjusting the number of stitches.

Row 40: Knit the entire round.

Row 41-65: Repeat Row 40 an additional 24 times for a total of 25 knitted rounds.

NEEDLEWORK

This step really could be saved for the end, but I prefer to do it while the toe is still open for easy access to the inside of the slipper. You can now sew in a custom pattern to give your mocs a Native-American flare. I chose to use a light blue, rich red, and dark brown to create my pattern, however, the possibilities are endless. There is no rhyme or pattern to this, you just have to sew in whatever you would like. This is an image of the pattern I sewed in if you would like to use it or you can come up with your own!

Thread your needle with a long string of your desired colour. Sew in the desired pattern. Leave long tails to be sewn in when the slipper is complete.

TOE

When your needlework pattern is complete and you are satisfied, it is time to return to knitting. Using your A, B, and C needles, follow this sequence:

Row 66: NEEDLE A: k to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; NEEDLE B: k1, ssk, k to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, NEEDLE C: k1, ssk, knit to the end

Row 67: Knit

Row 68-75: Repeat Row 66 and Row 67 an additional four times.

Row 76: Repeat Row 66. This will leave you with 3 stitches each on NEEDLE A and C and 6 stitches on NEEDLE B. Knit the stitches from NEEDLE A onto NEEDLE C so that you only have two needles.

FINISHING

Using a Kitchener Stitch, finish off the toe. Do this by threading your sewing needle with the working strand (double) and using it to finish. Look online for instructions on how to complete this stitch. It may look difficult but it really is not hard at all.

Flip your slipper inside out and sew in any loose strands. Flip to the right side again, fold over the cuff, and try on your new slipper!

Repeat for the second slipper.

There you have it, friends. A lovely little pattern for your very own pair of slipper mocs. Please notify me if there are any corrections or issues. If you make this project and use your own needlework pattern, please let me know! I would love to see how you personalize your own pair. Now to leave off, I thought I would show you the cute little baby mocs that inspired this project. If you are interested in making a pair, you can access the pattern from The Purl Bee.

If you would prefer to reference this slipper moc pattern in PDF form, you can access it by CLICKING HERE.

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Knitting 101: Easy Mistake Stitch Infinite Scarf

Holy cow. It is April. Can you believe it? All I can say is that just because it is unlikely that the snowflakes will fall, there is no reason to stash the cozy knit scarves away for the season. April has been known to have some chilly days. Break the chilly air (and your urge to knit, knit, knit) with this fool proof pattern for a thick, cozy, and quick-to-knit infinite scarf.

A while back, I saw a darling photo on Pinterest (of course) of a deep maroon purple scarf paired with a light blue collared shirt. I was instantly drawn to the combo. Maybe it is the artist coming out in me, but the contrast between the two colours was captivating. Not long after, I came across the perfect coloured wool on sale at Michaels and decided to knit one up for myself. Maybe you should give ‘er a try too!

If you’re a beginner knitter, this is the perfect project for you! I am not an old-pro at knitting and haven’t dared tackling the circular needles yet. Instead, I make my infinite scarves by knitting a regular scarf and then sewing the two ends together at the end. This is a very easy solution for those who aren’t comfortable with circular needles. There is a seam, but if sewn neatly, it looks uniformed and is usually tucked into the collar of my shirt or covered by my hair anyways.

This pattern was adapted into an infinite scarf from a pattern on The Purl Bee. As long as you know how to do a simple knit and purl stitch, it is essentially fool-proof.

For this project, you will need the following:

  • A set of 7mm straight knitting needles
  • Two balls of thick wool in your desired colour (I used Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease, Thick & Quick in Claret)
  • A large sewing needle

Cast on 39 stitches.

Row 1: Knit 2, Purl 2, K2, P2 (continue to repeat), finish on a P1

Row 2-end: Repeat the previous row over and over again.

That’s it. I know–easy, right? Continue to follow this pattern over and over again until you have reached a desired length. I have found that a good length requires nearly two full balls of wool. However, ensure that you have enough wool left to sew in the end. When you have reached your desired length, cast the scarf off your needles. Using the extra wool and a large needle, sew the two ends together. When finished, sew in the loose ends. And there you have it–a cozy, thick-ribbed knit infinite scarf.

If you desire alternating the pattern in any way (such as making it thicker or thinner), use increments of 4 +3 stitches. For example, if you would like to make it thicker, cast on 43, 47, or 51 initial stitches. Or to make it thinner, cast on 35, 31, or 27 initial stitches.

I just needed to share this photo that shows a very small fraction of my scarf collection. The scarf on the left is this Easy Mistake Stitch Infinite Scarf. You can never have too many cozy scarfs…that’s all I’m saying!

There you have it, friends. It is such an easy scarf to knit up. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. It may also be useful to reference the original pattern from The Purl Bee (you can do that by clicking HERE). Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you enjoy what April brings for you, whether it’s chilly or not!

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Knitting 101: Double-Wrap Infinite Scarf

It’s almost the end of February. The sun may be staying out longer but the crisp air sure seems to be getting cooler with each passing day. Although we winter-haters can’t change the work of the weather clouds, we can make our bitter cold days a little bit cozier with a little handmade loving.

My friends will be the first to tell you that I have a scarf addiction. Not a day goes by without (what I like to call) a “fluffy” scarf wrapped around my neck. It could be a comfort thing, but the coziness of scarves help me get through these cold winter days (along with a few cups of tea, of course). Fun colours help make my day, and outfit, a little brighter.

This pattern is an adaption of a pattern on the back of a wool label. It is extremely easy if you know how do both knits and purls. I personally like really thick scarves so I opted to use a nice thick wool. One brand that has proven to be a wonderful brand for thick scarves is LOOPS & THREADS CHARISMA. You will most likely find it at any Michael’s Craft Store. It can prove to be a little bit expensive but if you are an avid flyer-browser you will quite often come across it on sale every now and then. If you can’t justify the price, check out some other brands too. Just look at the thickness and softness of the strand. I have used BERNAT ROVING and LOOPS & THREADS COUNTRY LOOM for other knitting projects in the past and they work pretty well too.

Another important thing to consider when making a thick and fluffy scarf is needle size. In my opinion, bigger is better. But remember that if you are going to use big needles, you need to have a thick wool.

 Alright. All of that is said and done–so let’s get to the goods!

MATERIALS

  • 2 balls of a thick wool, in any desired colour (the scarf in the picture is Copper)
  • A pair of 10mm straight knitting needles

PROCESS

Cast on 26 stitches. Starting with the first row, continuously repeat this pattern:

Row 1: Knit 2, Purl 2 (should end on a K2)

Row 2: P2, K2 (should end on a P2)

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

Continue this pattern through both balls of wool. When you have either reached your desired length or you are fairly close to the end of your second ball, finish the scarf on Row 2 before you cast the scarf off your needles. The scarf will be fairly long because it is designed to be a double-wrapped scarf. Finish the scarf by sewing the two ends together with the excess string of the wool. Sew in all loose ends (such as where the two balls were joined). Voila–you have a cozy new (and extremely easy to make) infinite scarf!

 VARIATIONS

Single-Wrapped Infinite: If you can’t handle being tangled in a double-wrapped infinite scarf, try adding more initial stitches to make the scarf wider. Add stitches in increments of 4 (such as 30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50…etc.). If you use 50 initial stitches, it will most likely take the same amount of wool. Then just follow the pattern as stated above. Make it long enough so it wraps around your neck once.

Regular Scarf: If you hate infinite scarves and/or would rather have a regular scarf, this pattern can be adapted to do that. Just follow the pattern as instructed but don’t sew the two ends together at the end. Instead, just leave them as sharp edges or sew in strands of extra wool to the ends and tie. Be creative to determine different ways in which it can be “finished” to give it a unique quality.

There you have it. Even if you despise these cold winter days, this scarf will hopefully make your days a little more bearable. Now I’m off to have my cup of tea…

Happy Knitting!

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KNITTING 101: Knit Pencil Case

That didn’t take long…procrastination did get the best of me and I decided to create my very first KNITTING 101 blog post instead of continuing my strenuous research on Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire series. So here it is…

This photo and this project dates back to my past Christmas break. Over the break, I learned how to knit for the very first time. I instantly fell in love with the craft, resulting in numerous knitted experiments–one of which being this one! I spent nearly every night knitting these little pencil cases (with variations on colours, patterns, and styles of course!) while re-watching the first two seasons of the O.C (classic show). So, since I haven’t found much time for creating new crafting projects as of late, I decided I would post about this guy.

The pattern is easy and basic as long as you know a knit and a pearl. It can be customized in a variety of ways.

BASIC PATTERN

Using 5mm straight needles, cast on 40 or so stitches (depending on your desired length) from any brand of wool. Ensure that the wool is not too thick, but also ensure that it is not too thin either. Beginning with the first row:

Knit 1 (K1), Pearl 1 (P1) and repeat until all of the stitches are completed. You should end on a P1. Repeat this pattern over and over until you have reached double of your desired depth for your pencil case. This means that when it is long enough, it should be a square. If the square is folded in the middle and one of the sections is the appropriate size for a pencil case, then you have done enough rows. Finish off the knit.

Fold your new knitted square in half and sew up both of the shorter sides. Leave the long side open because this will be the top (and opening) of your pencil case.

Sew a bead on the front of the pencil case and loop a string from the back that can come to the front and fasten the pencil case closed by looping over the bead.

There you have it–an easy pencil case! It can be customized in any way you desire (such as by knitting different coloured panels to add on such as the picture above) or by alternating colours of wool to create stripes. The opportunities are endless.

Try experimenting with different numbers of stitches, different wools, different need sizes, different stitch types and patterns, different add-ons, different ways to fastening the pencil case shut, and different colours for a whole array of opportunities. As long as you keep trying new things, all of your friends will have adorable little hand-knit pencil cases that are completely authentic and customized to them! Also, try experimenting with sizes to create other little cases…not just for your pencils (we all know that us ladies love to have little pouches in our purses full of makeup, q-tips, etc.). So have fun and experiment!

I would love to hear from you and see some of the things you create!

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY KNITTING!

On one last, but special note, THE KNITTING PAGE IS UP AND RUNNING! This is an archive of all of my knitting projects and DIY’s for you to easily access. Horray!

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